President Obama’s fy2015 budget cuts the Israeli Cooperative Programs from $200 million to $96.8 million. The Program includes Arrow II, Arrow III, and David’s Sling missile defense systems.
We will ,however, keep pumping aid into the Palestinian Authority.
Last March, President Obama released $500 million in “humanitarian” aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and was seeking another $200 million. In November 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry announced an additional $75 million in aid to create Palestinian jobs and help them improve roads, schools and other infrastructure. Israel National News reported that the U.S. plans to give $440 million to the PA in 2014.
When we give money to Palestinians, whether it be for humanitarian aid or roads, it gives them the freedom to develop weapons they can use against Israel.
At the same time, the president is attempting to slash our defense budget and cut our army to the size of Turkey’s, actually smaller.
Republican lawmakers are opposed to the cuts to Israel and to our military.
Defense systems are a priority for Israel to counter the frequent rocket attacks from Gaza and other areas.
If you will remember, in November 2012, Hillary Clinton and Mohammed Morsi allegedly brokered a deal for peace between Gaza and Israel when they were close to war.
In actuality, Morsi fashioned nothing. He wanted to destroy Israel at the time.
Gaza never stopped shooting missiles over the border. In January alone, 30 rockets were fired according to the Israeli Defense Forces.
This cut to Israel defense is a repetition of last year when Obama recommended the same cuts which were rejected by congressional appropriators.
Even Israell’s Iron Dome is slated to receive less funding. The Dome was critical to saving Israel when Gaza was lobbing those missiles.
The Arrow systems which face the most cuts destroy ballistic missiles while they are in the air and have also been crucial in saving Israelis.
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